DPA Microphones bring clarity to South Korea’s largest church

The home of the largest Pentecostal Christian congregation in South Korea is using a range of DPA Microphones to amplify the pastors, musicians and choir who take part in numerous church services each week.

In total, the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul has invested in eight d:vote 4099 instrument microphones, one d:fine 4088 cardioid headset microphone, four d:dicate 4011 cardioid recording microphones and two d:facto vocal microphones.

The church, which now has nearly half a million members, is located on Yoi, an island in the middle of the Han River. It was founded by David Yonggi Cho in 1958 and is presently led by Young Hoon Lee, while its main building was inaugurated in 1973.

“The biggest reason for choosing DPA was the solid yet clean tone its microphones deliver,” said Jung Kim, the church’s sound director. “Other brands also have various adaptors and options, but for us DPA microphones were the best.

“I have previously used DPA for live events and in other churches, so I was aware of the quality of the brand,” Kim added. “When the time came to upgrade our microphones, I chose DPA because they deliver great results and offer the reliability we need in terms of installation, microphone characteristics and minimal interference between microphones that are being used near to each other.”

For the main part of the church where most services take place, Yoido chose the DPA 4011F d:dicate gooseneck mic, which features the MMC4011 cardioid capsule. The 4011F podium microphone has been installed via a DPA TSM4001 table shock mount, an ideal configuration for pastors due to its ‘exceptional’ speech intelligibility via its linear on-and off-axis response. Pastors and visiting lecturers also have the option of using the d:fine headset microphone.

A selection of d:vote instrument mics are used by the orchestra to amplify piano, string and brass instruments, while the church’s choir is amplified with d:dicate 4011A cardioid microphones.

“We also use our d:vote instrument microphones for bands and for other purposes, depending on the occasion,” Kim concluded. “We are now looking to replace the microphones we use for satellite broadcasting and radio production and once again DPA will be our first choice.”